SIT probe into Hyderpora killings ‘fig leaf to legitimise state violence’: People’s Conference

Srinagar Dec 29: J&K People’s Conference has termed the findings of the police’s Special Investigation Team on civilian killings during the November 15 Hyderpora ‘encounter’ as a “fig leaf to legitimise violence by the state”.

A PC spokesman said in a statement that the probe was “just one of the thousands of probes since last three decades, which has revealed nothing apart from justifying murder”.

“There are no surprises in the probe, the results are as predicted. No change in comma or a full stop and a reiteration and replication of thousands of probes held in the past. We don’t even have a modicum of belief that the government will actually have a moral courage to own a wrong and apologize for the same”, the PC spokesperson said.

He said that the “gist of all probes in the past has always been that the government of the day can never be wrong”.

“Keeping up with tradition care has been taken to type out a report devoid of any human emotions and disregard for all human sensibilities including the families who lost their loved ones”, he added.

He further stated that the “onus to save oneself is on the common man or common woman not on the government of the day”.

“The government of the day has the right to fire bullets and any victims of the past or of the future better ensure that they are not caught up in wrong place at the wrong time or even right place at the wrong time.”

“We appeal to the government to stop pretending to be just and allow the families to mourn in peace and not reopen the ugly wounds that were inflicted on them on that dreadful night”, he added.

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